The South Orangetown Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society just celebrated another successful year!
Eighth-grade members were busy all year, raising money for a charity they voted to support: The Dennis P McHugh Foundation. The Foundation, which supports the local community, was founded in memory of SOCSD alumnus Dennis P. McHugh, a New York Fire Department Engine 22 Ladder 13 firefighter who was among the more than 2,800 brave rescue workers and civilians who perished as a result of the World Trade Center attacks. This month, NJHS members and advisors Kristine Condon and Jill Rutherford presented the McHugh family with a check totaling $2,842.60.
On May 8, eighth-grade members celebrated their achievements and welcomed 104 incoming seventh-graders during the NJHS Induction Ceremony on May 8 in the SOMS Auditorium. Representatives from each service group spoke about how they raised money for this year’s cause and a speech prepared by a family member on behalf of the Dennis P. McHugh Foundation was read aloud. Executive Committee members spoke in detail about the Honor Society’s five pillars–Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Citizenship, and Character—which represents the code that members are expected to live by, both in and out of school. Finally, inductees were recognized individually and welcomed upon recitation of the Honor Society Pledge.
Congratulations, NJHS inductees, “graduating” eighth-grade members and advisors Ms. Condon and Ms. Rutherford!
Group photo below of Executive Committee (from left): Kara D. (Co-President), Tori P. (Secretary), Monica R. (Co-President), Zach S. (Treasurer) Ms. Condon (Advisor) and Brianna S. (Vice President).